I'm putting together some web pages about my father who lived with his family in Ingria (Nitskovitska spelling?). I have some corroboration to support points made and can include images in my account.
I'm looking for existing accounts of experiences of other young men who were lost to Estonia by joining the German army hoping to liberate their country. I can use Google translate for Finnish or Estonian language accounts.
Albert's father Vassili ex-Red Army (taken from Bulgaria when orphaned) married Aliide Noone from Markuse (Ingria) a relatively prosperous family. Her parents (originally from Kivioli (EE)) were successful with large farm. Aliide's brother Aleksander was a key player in the business.
All three were declared Kulaks and ordered to be deported. Aleksander died within year in Kazakhstan.
Albert's parents (Vassili and Aliide) were also served notice that they must join collective farm (c.1934). All land and animals (minus one cow and a horse) were confiscated. Family had to share home with collective shop. Drunks (looking for more vodka in shop) frightened Albert's sisters by straying into living quarters of home. Somehow the family was granted permission to move into parents' vacated farm-house in Markuse.
Markuse was in a beautiful isolated setting with fields all around. Following the Stalinist doctrine of centralizing housing officials destroyed the house after looting the interior (c.1939). This rendered the family of nine homeless (9: Albert, Aliide, six girls and Albert). While they waited for a new home they lived in a wood under canvas sheeting tucked into a railway embankment. When German troops advanced Russian soldiers ordered the tented family out of the woods.
Vassili and Albert worked in a nearby airfield and when German planes bombed the area they helped to repair the pot-holes. For protection Vassili moved the family back into the wood alongside the railway embankment.
Early in the morning Albert remembered everyone being called out of the shelter. Silhouetted against the sky on the embankment top was a line of hundreds and hundreds of soldiers. German soldiers.
End of Part One.
Road to Leningrad
Detour to Tallinn
Joining Estonian Legion
Battle of Narva. Scouting mission fatal for friend.
Tannenburg shot through hand
Escape to Danzig (Gdansk)
Czech hell (nurse girl friend raped and killed)
Long march to American-British forces front line
Presumed dead by sisters
Makes family contact after 40 years. Letters heavily redacted.
Immediate post-war: works on Kent farm
Joins British merchant navy. HMS Linda
Gets to West Indies. Dreams of paradise.
Crew leave for beach for week's leave but because he was born in Russia he cannot leave ship!!
Repaints entire engine room over the week.
Never goes to sea again.
Works in tin-plate works, Swansea.
Moves to Cardiff, employed in steel industry at furnace face.
Meets wife Rita Parker. Buys 30 New Rd, Cardiff, then 81 Mardy St Cardiff.
Has three kids: Julia-Alide, Helga-Maria, and Aleksander-Vassili. All part-named after Albert's sisters.
Becomes first foreign foreman of steel works at coke ovens section.
Returns to Estonia in Soviet-era with Intourist (Moscow base). Emotional and stressful.
Estonian independence. Visits to family in Tallinn, Tartu, Kivioli.
Sister Maria and nephew Leevi visit Cardiff.